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Gilbert pays tribute to a veteran comedian whose famously grating act belies his thoughtful personality -- and anchors a surprisingly insightful film.
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The last thing the world needs right now is another portrait about the fraternity of comedians and their hardscrabble existence as America's schlubbiest road warriors... but "Gilbert" rises above the glut thanks to the strength of its subject.
In Neil Berkeley's fascinating, very funny and sometimes quite melancholy "Gilbert," we get to see the hunched-over, eccentric, surprisingly thoughtful man behind the comedic myth...
The film's least persuasive passages come when some of the interviewed comics decry what they see as PC culture... But if you're a fan of Gottfried, you'd know he's always tried to be on the right side of the joke...
A tenderly observed, remarkably insightful keeper. No joke.
But while Gilbert may not break ground with its angle, its contemplative take on what separates Gottfried as a performer from Gottfried as a person is interesting enough to drive the film, even if you may not particularly like his stand-up.
You may or may not walk away from "Gilbert" a Gilbert Gottfried fan, but either way the movie makes you glad he exists.
It's authoritative only to a point, but that doesn't keep it from being utterly compelling all the same.
A fascinating look at a seemingly meek guy who lives to offend, highlighting career experiences and family ties, creating a portrait of a beloved funnyman that's, at its best, eye-opening.
A revealing documentary shown through an intimate lens, Gilbert is such a personal film. There may never be another comedian like him.
Fortunately, there are always brilliantly scathing and disgusting Gottfried routines around every corner that save the movie.
Gilbert creates something of a triptych with two past documentaries.
He's the comedian's antithesis: a genuine, self-effacing man without a visible drug or alcohol problem to speak of. And this makes Gilbert, the documentary, a crashing bore.
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